November 26th – No fascists in Bolton!

Anti-Fascist Network

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“Bolton says ‘NO’ to Mosques”, a false name for a few of the local dying fascist organisations are planning to mobilise on Saturday 26th November to spread hate and divide our communities with their racism and Islamophobia.

They may call themselves ‘peaceful protesters’, but there’s nothing peaceful about their hate for entire categories of people.

We plan on mobilising against them. Join us in the streets to make sure that fascists know they are not welcome in Greater Manchester.

In the past, now and forever –
¡No Pasaran!

Manchester Antifascists

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Long read: Where we are and where we’re going

Class Struggle Anarchist Conference 2017.

In response to an invitation from Wales AFed / FfA Cymru, we attended a preliminary planning meeting for this event, which is expected to take place in the South West U.K. next year. It will be open to delegates of Class Struggle organisations, and individuals who identify as anarchists. Some groups have already pledged funds and we are open to volunteers to help with logistics

Our Class is under siege on all sides, yet the response has been haphazard. Large sections of it are pursuing narrow and contradictory agendas, many have returned to archaic ideas: state socialism, corporatism, nationalism and worse. Others cling forlornly to political structures that are inherently anti-Working Class. Those at the sharp end who understand the situation best are struggling just to survive.

Yet there are opportunities too. For the first time in living memory the bourgeoisie is also divided on how to pursue its common class interest. Only a few years ago when the Soviet bloc disintegrated they claimed to have won the Class War, and trumpeted “the end of history”; since then their free market has failed, their globalisation project has stalled and they too are trying to wind back the clock – but to what? They offer us “clash of civilisations”: military Keynesianism and primitive accumulation to float their money economy. Representative politics presents an ever-more ridiculous parade of thick, rich clowns.

But we’re still here, and always will be. We all know we must resist everything the bosses try to achieve, there have been some successes and anarchists have been at the forefront of these actions. Let’s define what we do well and sharpen it.

We plan for a weekend of meetings and workshops, out of which we hope will come agreed realistic positions and strategies, with goals we can work towards (and measure). We aim for it to be accessible and comfortable for all abilities, ethnicities and genders so there will be separate caucuses to this end.

A second preliminary planning meeting is scheduled for the 27th November in Bristol, if you would like to attend, please get in touch with us or Bristol Anarchist Federation. State and journalists are not welcome, so it would be good if comrades could vouch for each other.

Bristol A.B.C. anti-fashion party, 10th December 2016 note new number..

New number to call on Saturday night: 07391329767!
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Azerbaijan: torture and 12 years of prison for anarchist graffiti

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross - Prisoner Support

"Joyeux journée des esclaves"On May 10, 2016, two anarchists Bayram Mammadov and Giyas Ibrahimov were arrested by police in Baku for tagging a monument dedicated to the glory of former president, and father of the current one, Heydar Aliyev. The graffiti said “Fuck the system” and “Happy slave day”. These were painted on the evening before Aliyev’s birthday, which is a holiday in support of the state in Azerbaijan. Just tagging the statue would have earned a year in prison, but that was not enough for the police who also charged them with carrying a kilo of heroin each. Bayram was arrested around 2.30 pm as he was photographing the graffiti, and was taken to the police station where he was beaten and threatened to be raped with a stick until he signed a confession, including for drugs. He was then offered a deal: apologise by laying flowers in front of the Aliyev…

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The artist taxi driver: I like Cat Boyd never voted in the EU Referendum

Well you get a range of opinions here. But the answer is not ‘progressive politics’ or coalitions of the great and good, it’s to revive the culture of withdrawing our labour, striking on or off the job, and the habit of sabotaging everything the bosses do, for better or worse. Rapid reaction through mass meetings without bureacrats or procedures. Demand more than they can give, sometimes just fuck shit up with no demands. Let them ask what we want.

We want nothing from capitalism but to witness its demise.

The chains of history connecting 1910 to 2016 : from Mary MacArthur and Mary Quaile to the Durham Teaching Assistants.

100 years ago everything was up for grabs and we started winning. Where did it all go wrong? Well they persuaded our class to use the new technology to slaughter one another, and we spent the rest of the century swirling in the vortex of bolshevism and fascism. Time to start again.

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Last week,  when  speaking at a West Midlands Unison meeting for women about the life of Mary Quaile,  I was vividly reminded  of the power of women and the power of women in trade unions.  While the problems women face (at this meeting sexual harassment at work was on the agenda,  not surprising given the environment of cuts)  might have changed,  the basic need for women to get together to discuss the particular issues that affect them,  and construct strategies to change them,  has not gone away. Nowadays trade unions are barely  recognisable from the days of Mary Quaile and Mary Macarthur,  but the issues that drove these women – recruiting women into trade unions, achieving  equality at work including equal pay for equal work –  have not gone away.

Mary Quaile was a grassroots person, even though she attained a place on the General Council of the TUC and…

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